A Baltimore police officer was cleared of any wrongdoing today following the shooting last night of a youth suspected of a truck theft.
Officer Laron Wilson, 38, a 10-year veteran of the force, reported that his service revolver discharged accidentally during a struggle with the youth.
The suspect, identified as Steven Reed, 16, of the 2700 block of the Alameda, was struck in the right shoulder. He was reported in satisfactory condition today at Church Hospital.
Homicide and internal affairs investigators today ruled that the shooting was accidental.
Police said Wilson was in a patrol car in the 1600 block of Ashland Ave. early today when he spied a dump truck reported stolen earlier last night from the 2300 block of Cherry Hill Road in Cherry Hill.
Wilson pursued the truck about a dozen blocks to the 1000 block of Orleans St., where the truck struck a curb. Two youths jumped out and fled on foot.
Police said Wilson ran and caught Reed at the Ten Thirty FivApartments, 1035 Orleans St.
In a struggle there, Wilson's gun accidentally discharged, striking Reed in the right arm, police said.
The teen-ager was arrested and taken to the hospital in a police patrol wagon.
The wound was described as minor. Wilson was not injured.
Reed was charged with the unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and released to the custody of his parents, although he remained in the hospital.
Police said they caught the second youth, also 16, but his name was withheld because he was charged as a juvenile. The second teen-ager was being held at the Hickey juvenile center in Cub Hill.
Police said they were continuing to investigate the shooting.